La Palapa

4.5
753 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
La Palapa is open for Take Out and Delivery. Call 212-777-2537 to place your order. La Palapa combines authentic Mexican home cooking with a festive bar and a warm and friendly atmosphere which makes for the perfect place to dine or celebrate any occasion! We specialize in "Mexico City style" tacos and quesadillas and regional home cooking. Our menu includes such dishes as Tacos al Pastor, Mole Negro Oaxaqueno, Salsa Pibil and many other specialties from different regions of Mexico. Our award winning Margaritas are all made with fresh juices and are delicious, especially when you add house made hibiscus aqua fresca and a chile-piquin salted rim! Refreshing Mexican beer cocktails, such as the Michelada and the Chelada are even given special attention at La Palapa. La Palapa is available for catering on or off premise. We specialize in creating menus for private parties and events.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 753 people are saying
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vipTFNYC
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Large portions; excellent guacamole and steak. Friendly and efficient service.

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bg21828
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

came by for a pre-stomp dinner with my kids (8~12in age). the staff was extremely attentive and the no complaints about the food from the kids.

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Dsl41
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very few people were there this time, but the food was as good as always.

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KrisK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have a holiday tradition of meeting up at LaPalapa every December. Very special to us -- and this place and the staff there are always so kind and caring and fun! Food is delicious. We especially appreciate the vegan and vegetarian options.....|AND the blood orange margaritas!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Loud, fast service, Loud

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DashaM
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh food, good drinks for adults and attentive service for the kids

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Keithykins
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nice, not overcrowded brunch spot. Great music and the food was pretty good.

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vipwillR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Hope the return to real silverware and actual glasses soon. Felt a little 'low rent' using plastic forks and knives.

BJ
BrokerJMK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Day of the Dead celebration dinner

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vipRHRNYC
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, service and atmosphere . My go to place for brunch with friends !

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First date

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific experience as always - good drinks, delicious food, and a fantastic atmosphere combined with terrific service (Richard is the best!)… makes for a consistently wonderful evening out with friends.

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vipDan1
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Well greeted. Very accomodating re in/side. Servers nice. Food came quick at first then really slow when they got busy. Interesting menu. Some things were good (burrito). Veg/vegan thing kind of bland but thats the category i guess.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was mediocre, so was the food. Good for a big group but don’t make a night out of la palapa

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vipTonieJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

The food was ok, but my allergies were not taken into account and I could not eat most of the dishes.
The service was not very helpful either.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. But wish they had a spicy sign next to one of the dishes I had. Delishious but painful. Would go again!

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BjornA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my fav spots to eat! Good vibes and great service.

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Swetha
New England
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food and margs here were amazing! One of the best quesadillas I've ever had. Our waiter was great too, super funny and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything I could hope for

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vip108NYC
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was outstanding. I cook Mexican a lot, so ordered what I don't make, or don't make often. Both the mole and gazpacho were excellent. Depth of flavor in both. Gazpacho was full of chunky fresh vegetables, the mole paired beautifully with the shrimp. Even the beans and rice were wonderfully flavorful. The portions are large, so happy I shared a main course for with a friend for lunch. I can't wait to go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The margaritas were below average and the guacamole was too. I expected more.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food. Beware of street construction if eating outdoors.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Palapa is always a great experience, I bring all of my friends / family / colleagues here with no problem. All the staff is great, but Richard especially is a gem! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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CharlieSuedo
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for brunch and sat outside. Incredible food and brunch menu. Drinks were just ok, plenty of drinks options. We tried the sangria which was just ok that day, I will change drink order to something else when we go went back.

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LauraN
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food is always a solid win but the service was a little off -- our mains came before starters and drinks and the "outdoor seating" is really an extension on to the sidewalk with a screen window put in. They do have plexi dividers between tables though.
As for the service, I am sure they are short staffed like most places at the moment, will be back for sure!

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Alison
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We had gone here a long time ago snd loved it. We were excited to be back. The food was great. Portions were big but not overwhelming and delicious. Unfortunately The service was lackluster. We finally gave up on dessert since he’d obviously forgotten about us. Was disappointing. The noise level was also quite high and you couldn’t hear people across the table. Afraid that may be our last visit.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Andrew was a terrific waiter!! We’ll be back!

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viptravelbaker
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Quiet lunch off their restaurant week menu of assorted Mexican offerings. Waiter kindly did make a substitute too. Think the salsa and chips should have come to the table quickly...not with the lunch 20 minutes later. Also don’t like cheap plastic utensils Food was good tho not exciting overall dining ...

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great standard Mexican restaurant. Have been going for years. Delicious margaritas, great apps and heartily filled tacos.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Doesn’t look 5 star from the outside but I’d give it 6 if I could. Amazing food and staff. Warning: The torta is tremendous

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SabaY
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was amazing!! Value for your money was great and so was the food.

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AlliR
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would highly recommend this place for a night out with friends. It’s a low key spot with a fun environment. The food is pretty cheap for what you get and the drinks are delicious.

We got a pitcher of margs with jalapeño and the margarita wasn’t too sweet, which is usually my complaint about margs. The guac was good and I liked the crudité option, as well.

I got the vegan bowl for dinner and it was very good. Mix of vegetables, beans, guac, salsa, etc. All really good. My friends got tacos and they said the brisket was delicious, super juicy.

Would highly recommend for a weekend night dinner with friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

The place is rundown and not well kept - our seats were actually ripped and the restrooms were filthy. The food was good but with so many better options in nyc for authentic Mexican food with clean and well kept spaces I won’t visit here again. A solid mediocre experience

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Rafael
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place— been going there for years!!!
Yessssss!!

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LOUI21
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Amazing cocktails and good vegan options, fast service. Outdoor seating is very calm and relaxed.

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mocktoy
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super great, as always! Love love the new burrito option.

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vipTony
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, authentic Mexican food and cocktails. Excellent brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Place really degraded over the past years! It used to be a nice place to hang but now the plastic cups and the cutlery make it look cheap and passable.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food was simply not good. Three of us ate three different things, none of us enjoyed our meals, one of us had to send his food back.

Everything served with plastic cups, plastic utensils (even to cut a steak) and then the bill comes out to $69/person (with no appetizers or dessert).

There are many great Mexican restaurants in the village. Don’t waste your time on this one.

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vipkn1234
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Casual, fun spot for a night out with friends. Great food and drinks for the price!

FAQs

La Palapa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 777-2537.

La Palapa is rated 4.5 stars by 753 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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